Managing Remote Employees in 2020, Is it possible , Especially in this epidemic. Well we did a comprehensive research on 5 Tips for Managing Remote Employees in year 2020.
In response to the restrictions imposed by governments due to the coronavirus pandemic, businesses all over the world have been forced to consider and implement social containment strategies.
Although, the new trend of working-from-home seems to be a temporary solution, many leaders in the business world believe it to be a revolutionary business practice for the future.
The biggest problem facing business managers in today’s climate is managing the people that they rarely see or meet.
Here are our 5 Tips for Managing Remote Employees
This is one of the top concerns facing remote employees. Socialization and interaction are the cornerstones of human civilization. Something, employees take for granted when working for 30-40 hours a week
The routine of working from home can have detrimental psychological effects on employees. And as a result can seriously hamper employee productivity. Therefore, managers should be aware of this, and actively encourage their sub-ordinates to engage in social activities; advising them to go on events or company meet ups.
2- Clearly defined expectations
When people work in an office, over time, they seem to grasp an idea of what their seniors expect from them. However, for employees who work from their homes, the job description is not very clear. The manager should explicitly communicate to employees regarding their job requirements, failure to do so will result in missed deadline, below average performance and resentment.
The manager should not only define the metrics, deadlines and the parameters related to the work, but also communicate the culture of the organization or the way we do things round here. For example, whether the manager expects prompt replies to an e-mail.
3- Personalized work plan
As the saying goes, “not all five fingers are the same length”, likewise, each employee is unique. Unique in terms of how they prefer to work. Some feel comfortable working 24/7, while others prefer to distinguish between personal and professional life. Some feel comfortable sticking to a 9 to 5 work pattern, while others prefer working late night.
Therefore, managers need to identify the needs of each individual, so as to reap the greatest reward for the company as a whole. Failure to individualize patterns of work, will hamper remote employee productivity, which in turn can be detrimental for a work-at-home strategy.
4- Feeling excluded
As per a research survey performed by the job search engine Indeed, 37% of remote employees expressed concerns regarding reduced visibility and less access to company leadership. These concerns are not un-common in jobs that require you to work remotely from home.
Rapport between individuals working for a company, takes time, and requires regular interaction. This is an advantage that people working in an office have over people working remotely from their homes. All of this can lead to legitimate concerns, like feeling left out, or ignored by company officials, to the point where remote employees consider themselves disposable.
Managers need to be pro-active when it comes to alleviating these fears. One-on-one video calls should be arranged every week, and not just to get updates but to actively engage with employees in a democratic fashion. You should also bear in mind to avoid cancelling a one-on-one session, because it is one of the main drivers of resentment in subordinates. You have to understand that remote employees are already missing out on a lot that happens in your office, and their only opportunity to get updates is reliant upon the one-on-one video session.
5-Invest in tech
The biggest attraction, for entrepreneurs, when it comes to hiring people to work off-site, is the reduced cost for the company as a whole. However, all too often, the pursuit of low costs, leads to poor performance.
In order to boost employee productivity, it is essential for companies to invest in its most important assets: employees. It does not matter whether they work on site, or off-site. Any asset, for its effective operation, requires an investment in technology. Therefore, managers need to make available the requisite software and hardware for the effective performance of their remote employees. Some of the essentials to consider are,
- High-speed Wi-Fi connection
- A comfortable ergonomic chair
- computer hardware such as a mouse, keyboard and monitor or a laptop